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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Comparative Ethnographical Study on the Dynamisme of Debt

Comparative Ethnographical Study on the Dynamisme of Debt

Keywords

  • debt
  • cultural anthropology
  • finacial inclusion
  • gift
  • money
  • patron-client relationship

Areas

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Oceania

Website

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2019–March, 2022

  What does debt mean to human beings? In this research, we look for the answer in ethnographic cases all over the world. Debt is an anthropological issue that has existed throughout history, along with the act of giving. However, research that systematically compares and studies its diverse forms has been limited. Loaning money brings responsibility and a feeling of obligation. Debts can become opportunities to enslave human beings, or, on the contrary, they can become creative opportunities that produce social bonds and enterprises. Through comparative research of the double-sided processes of debt that come with economics, politics, and ethics, we unravel the dynamism (state of movement) of the experience of being in debt to others.

Yutaka SAKUMA, Project Coordinator
(Lecturer, Meiji University)

Members

Coordinator

  • Yutaka SAKUMA (Meiji University)

ILCAA Staff

  • Yukako YOSHIDA

Joint Researchers

  • Juntaro FUKADA
  • Miki IKOMA
  • Masaharu KAWANO
  • Shuhei KIMURA
  • Junko MARUYAMA
  • Keiichiro MATSUMURA
  • Arihiro MINOO
  • Osamu NAKAGAWA
  • Chikako NAKAYAMA
  • Sayaka OGAWA
  • Toru SAGAWA
  • Takashi SAKAI
  • Yuki SUZUKI

Outputs

Meetings

The 5th meeting Report (Japanese)(345KB)

  • Date/Time: Tue 10 Aug 2021 13:00–18:30
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Comparative Ethnographical Study on the Dynamisme of Debt”, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Comparative Ethnographical Study on the Dynamisme of Debt” (Principal Investigator: Yutaka SAKUMA (Meiji University) Project Number: 19H01388)
  • 13:00-14:30 Jyunko MARUYAMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tsuda University)
    “Sharing and Debt: A case of G|ui and G||ana Hunter-gatherers in Central Kalahari”
    14:40-16:10 Sayaka OGAWA (Ritsumeikan University)
    “Neighborhood Economy and Direction of Debt: A Case of East Africa”
    16:20-17:50 Miki YAMADA (Kyoto University)
    “Debt and Salvation: The Case of a New Theravada Buddhist Temple in Contemporary Thailand”
    18:00-18:30 All members
    Discussion

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)(722KB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 16 May 2021 13:00–17:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Comparative Ethnographical Study on the Dynamisme of Debt”, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Comparative Ethnographical Study on the Dynamisme of Debt” (Principal Investigator: Yutaka SAKUMA (Meiji University) Project Number: 19H01388)
  • 13:00-14:30 Aoi OTAKE (Kyoto University)
    “An Anthropological Analysis of Monetary Compensation: The Case of the United States Military Base in Kwajalein Atoll”
    14:45-16:15 Juntaro FUKADA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Mie University)
    “Is the death storage of shell money a repayment of “life debt”?”
    16:20-17:00 All members
    Discussion

The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)(979KB)

  • Date/Time: Tue 2 Mar 2021 14:00–17:15,Wed 3 Mar 2021 10:30–16:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Comparative Ethnographical Study on the Dynamisme of Debt”, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Comparative Ethnographical Study on the Dynamisme of Debt” (Principal Investigator: Yutaka SAKUMA (Meiji University) Project Number: 19H01388)
  • 2 Mar
  • 14:00-15:30 Miki IKOMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher)
    “Debt and Labor: A Comparison of 19th Century Burma Debt Slaves”
    15:45-17:15 Chikako NAKAYAMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “An investigation on money as a means of payment in the history of thought: focusing on G. F. Knappʼs “The State Theory of Money” (1905)”
  • 3 Mar
  • 13:00-14:30
    Movie screening: LA DETTE: UNE SPIRALE INFERNALE?
    14:45-16:00 All members
    Discussion

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(1MB)

  • Date/Time: Wed 26 Aug 2020 13:00–18:00, Thu Aug 27 Aug 2020 9:00–16:00
  • Venue: Room 303 (ILCAA Large Conference Room), w/Online broadcast *Depending on the situation of COVID-19, it may become online meeting.
  • Language: Japanese
  • 26 Aug
  • 13:00-14:30 Keiichiro SAKO (Ritsumeikan University)
    “The transformation of exchange game between people and livestock in Sumba”
    14:45-16:15 Masaharu KAWANO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo Metropolitan University)
    “Remembering Ranking-Titles as the Debt of Gratitude: A Case Study of the Chieftainship and Feasting in Pohnpei, Micronesia”
    16:30-18:00 Arihiro MINOO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Toyo University)
    “Informal finance as a livelihood strategy—A Case Study of Coffee Farmers in Lao PDR”
  • 27 Aug
  • 9:00-10:30 Ayako SEKINO (Kyoto University)
    “The dilemma of sharing of resources and decision making in development projects:Case Studies of Indigenous Society in Sri Lanka and Hunting and Gathering Society in Cameroon”
    10:45-12:15 Toru SAGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Keio University)
    “To pay back debts of violence: Vengeance and blood price in East African pastoral societies”
    13:15-14:45 Takashi SAKAI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka Prefecture University)
    “What is State?”
    15:00-16:00 All members
    Discussion

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(420KB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 30 Jun 2019 13:00–18:30
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA Multimedia Conference Room
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Comparative Ethnographical Study on the Dynamisme of Debt”, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Comparative Ethnographical Study on the Dynamisme of Debt” (Principal Investigator: Yutaka SAKUMA (Meiji University) Project Number: 19H01388)
  • Yutaka SAKUMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Meiji University)
    Introduction
    All members
    Self-introductions
    All members
    Discussion

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